Sunday 29th November 2015 – Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
St Ives Town Ladies 6 Little Paxton Ladies 1
The St Ives Town Lionesses maintained their exciting start to the season and went three points clear at the top of the table with an impressive win in very windy conditions against a battling Little Paxton side.
Kicking off with the strong wind at their backs the Ives pinned the visitors in their own penalty area for the first ten minutes and deservedly went in front in the eleventh minute as a long throw from skipper Sasha Smith was allowed to drop in the box and was powerfully fired home from close range by Georgia Rebane.
Four minutes later centre back Molly Berryman doubled the advantage as she met a corner from the left by Georgia Stancombe with her knee ten yards out and looked as surprised as anyone as the ball flew into the top corner past the startled visitors keeper.
Little Paxton went close with their first sortie into Ives territory on 22 minutes as Berryman pulled back a Paxton striker 25 yards from goal to concede a free kick. The same player lined up the kick and curled a perfect effort over the wall that looked to be heading into the bottom corner of the net, but home keeper Kira Markwell pulled off an excellent save plunging full length to her left to turn the ball around the post.
The Lionesses came close to adding a third on 34 minutes as a free kick from wide on the left was delivered into the danger area by Stancombe and turned onto her own bar by a Little Paxton defender. The ball bounced down almost on the goal line and was just scrambled clear before Rebane could force it home.
But the home side did not have to wait long for a third as only two minutes later an excellent cross from the right by Stancombe was punched down by the Paxton keeper and Rebane was on hand to grab her second sliding home the loose ball from by the penalty spot.
Markwell was called into action again almost straight from the kick off as her colleagues switched off for a moment and let the dangerous Paxton number ten into the box. She hit a well struck low shot across the keeper, but once again Markwell was equal to it pulling off an excellent one handed stop low to her left.
Rebane claimed her hat trick and Ives fourth three minutes before half time as she coolly slotted home after being put clear by a well weighted through ball from skilful newcomer Jorgie Hall.
Stancombe claimed a well deserved goal of her own one minute into added time to put Ives five up at half time. Her finish was almost identical to the previous goal and this time the perfect through ball was provided by the all action Hannah Seymour-Shove.
The second half was never going to be easy against the strengthening breeze, but the Ives still continued in very positive mood with Rebane still to the fore, but she was denied four times by good saves from the visiting keeper in the first ten minutes of the second period.
After that the visitors began to enjoy a bit more possession keeping the ball in the home sides half for long periods without ever really threatening the Ives defence which was well marshalled by the ever dependable Connie Liddiard. On the few occasions they did find a way through Markwell’s handling was immaculate.
The visitor’s surprise consolation goal came three minutes from time and was an excellent strike from the edge of the box by their impressive centre forward that gave Markwell no chance.
This goal stung the Ives into action again and there was still time for Rebane to grab her forth, and Ives sixth of the game as she clipped a perfect effort over the keeper from just inside the box after a smart interchange of passes with Stancombe down the right.
Overall a very impressive all round display in awful conditions which should take the Ladies on a high into their top of the table clash at Milton next Sunday.